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The Nikon AF-S 50mm f/1.4G lens is a fast, fixed focal-length Nikkor lens that incorporates the built-in Silent Wave Motor (SWM) enabling smooth and quiet autofocus with Nikon DSLR's including the D40, D40x and D60. The improved optical system delivers fantastic image quality minimising both flare and chromatic aberration while the use of a circular aperture diaphragm means out of focus background blur appears more natural. During focusing all the lens groups shift but the front element and filter mount do not rotate and the barrel length does not change, making it an ideal lens for close-up photography or when using SB-R200 Wireless Remote Speedlight units. The lens has has two focus modes, M/A (manual-priority autofocus) and M (manual focus). When mounted on a DX-format SLR, the picture angle is equivalent to a focal length of about 75mm in 35mm format. More
Read our Nikon 50mm f1.4G review for the verdict on the autofocus performance and image quality of this lens.
This lens is suitable for both FX and DX format cameras.
G lenses do not have an aperture ring on the lens and must be controlled using the command dial on the camera.
DX is a lens designed exclusively for their APS-C sensored DSLRs, but can be used on their full frame cameras like 35 mm SLRs and full frame digital SLRs like the D3 series and D700 DSLRs. All lenses designated as DX type can be used with DX format digital SLR cameras. Many Nikkor lenses designed for FX or 35mm film formats can also be used with DX format digital SLR cameras. The effect of using a Nikkor lens on a DX format camera will produce a magnification of the focal length of the lens by a factor of 1.5x (eg. a 50mm lens will produce the equivilant of a 75mm focal length).
The larger FX image sensor is virtually the same size as the 35mm film format which means that the focal length of a lens used on either format will be virtually the same. Many Nikkor auto focus and manual focus lenses can be used with FX format cameras.
AF-Silent Wave Motor (AF-S) is what Nikon calls their ultra fast Auto-Focusing lenses which utilise Nikons silent wave motor (SWM). This system works by converting travelling waves into rotational energy to focus the optics the ultrasonic waves move in a spiral pattern inside the barrel with the motor positioned on top of the waves driving it from below.
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Comments about Nikon 50mm f1.4 G AF-S Lens:
An excellent lens, fast, quiet focus. Very sharp with great depth of field control. Would highly recommend
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Very pleased with the results
By Son of Jim
As good as the old AIS lens nice to use after a 16-35mm f4 afs
(1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
Save some cash and choose the 1.8 instea
I have owned the 50mm 1.8d, 1.8g & 1.4g, and this is by far the worst of them all.I am a semi pro wedding photographer, and use a D700 as my main camera. I upgraded though the 50mm range until I reached the 1.4g. I have been so dissapointed with it's performance that I have 'downgraded' back to the 1.8g, which to me is a much better behaved lens in every way, and you only lose 2/3 of a stop from the 1.4.Not that that really matters, because the 1.4 is extremely soft wide open, so you have to step it down to 2.0 to get the same sharpness as the 1.8 anyway, losing the advantage of the faster glass!Vignetting is seriously bad (and that's coming from a wedding photographer) as is the barrel distortion.I found myself correcting all my shots in software, before re-adding the vignette. Unacceptable.Save yourself £100+ and buy the cheaper and far more superior 1.8, it's a very underrated lens and is definitely the better buy. It has the same Moisute protection too!
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Fantastic little lens!
By Rich the techie
About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast
I bought this lens to take pics of my baby nephew, and I'm really pleased with the quality of them. Fast and easy to use, with or without flash. Perfect when he's on the move and won't sit still
Sharp focussing are the key feature of this lens. Obviously the f1.4 aperture is a big advantage
As good as it gets for Nikon users.
(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
Tacks just are not sharp enough
By almost focussed
Bought this with the D800 instead of a "standard" zoom. Why? Because I had used zooms for the last 30 years and wanted a return to the more disciplined approach that a prime requires. And I don't regret it. Not one bit. If you want to be reminded about image quality buy this lens. It's also light, and balances well on the D800. Also, this was a return to FX size imaging (since film!) and this gives a control over DOF that I now realise I had missed for too long.Any regrets? You bet - I should have bought this long ago as I spent nearly 6months considering what to go for!
Best lens for everyone
from London, Uk
About Me Professional
Best lens for everyone and any situation
fantastic lens!!i expected alot from the 50mm f1.4G..and i wasnt let down!slightly slower to focus then my old 50mm f1.8D but i can deal with that!
(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
My new favourite lens
I bought this as I really wanted a very shallow depth of field lens for portraits and picking out details, as well as an inconspicuous lens for carrying on a small DSLR (D800) and the 1.4 is spot on for thisThe lens is incredibly sharp, even wide open its very good but at F2 you could cut yourselfThe focus is fast and precise and the construction feels good.It is tiny, so handy for finding a corner of a bag to stuff into or an easy lens to use as a standard.
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